It's been hard to get any sleep around here.....
It's here! The replacement for the Line Magnetic 518, the LM 845, has finally arrived. The LM518 was heralded as one of the best 845 output tube integrateds ever, and its successor already seems to be taking the lead. Very similar now to the LM805 in appearance, the LM845 is basically the 518 with a redo to the internals, a parts and amp topography upgrade. Still the glorious 22 watts out of the 845 tubes. Not sure how they've accomplished it, but it sounds even more delicious than the 518. Already the burn-in time is approaching 100 hrs, so it should be ready for some serious auditioning very soon. Schedule a listen. Santa says more are on the way! Good ol Santa...
The new Line Magnetic 845
It's been hard to get any sleep around here.....
With all this food prep going on around here, all I can think of is food, and THIS new cartridge.
This is the new 17DX from Dynavector. At $2250, it's considerably more than the previous version, the 17D, @$1250. Yet it is light years away in terms of musical capabilities. I simply can't get over this cartridge. What it does is place you right there with the musical event, no squinting to see if a particular instrument is where it should be, no hoping for sheen and snap from snares and cymbals the way some of you do...( don't think I don't catch you always leaning in for the cymbals - it's a disease of certain audiophiles, the dreaded cymbal/brush/snare malady.) Well, this new Karat 17DX will cure you of all that, and more. Just wanted to give a brief taste of what this new cartridge holds, I'm sure you'll be hearing lots about it soon enough. I've seen gaga testimonials already from those early trendsetters. I want you to know I've been most calm about it throughout the rigorous break in cycle, although I've not gotten much sleep in the last couple of weeks due to this brass beauty, let me tell you. And with all these new great records coming in, FEDEX, UPS, and USPS have been such regulars lately, I'm starting to hand out snacks. Anyone need any record shipping boxes let me know...they're starting to stack up more than the pizza boxes. So have a warm and tasty Thanksgiving, and tell those asking what you want from Santa that the new Dynavector Karat 17DX is what every good girl and boy needs for their tonearm.
Tell Santa I've already got the step ups all figured out, and can give him a play by play on which work best. Schedule a listen.....and get ready to drop your jaws. Happy Thanksgiving!
I've said this before, yet it must be said again....being in this business both as a hobbyist and retailer can have it's banner days and it's go kick the tree days. Trials and tribulations, my grandpa always used to say. A few of my
companies I carry can have an order out pronto, give tracking info, follow up, the whole nine yards. Others are smaller, and we, meaning you and me, wait in the queue to get our order made, and not always told the status unless pressured, and wait and wait and wait. Sometimes I envision even the most patient Mother Theresa up in a tree waiting with a crossbow at one of these facilities or distributor's offices to wring justice from said "promising" person. It gets to be quite a trial sometimes, and again I thank those that remain patient with me and for their endurance. I'm right in the trenches with you, let me tell you. I think I've even dreamed of a certain distributor falling in a pool of quicksand, like in those Tarzan movies, although I was recently very disappointed to find out that no one ever seems to die in quicksand. As kids growing up, we stomped around vast areas of woods and creeks, and always hoped of finding quicksand somewhere. We did have great vine swings over some fairly large creek beds, but that's for another story. At least no one got killed then, and hopefully no one will get cross bowed, either. Stay the course, and in due time, your patience will be rewarded. My mom did say upon a recent rant of mine that I could have retailed more midline goods, and have pallets of it to choose from, but instead I had to get the fancy stuff. She always called me Mr Fancy. Good ol mom.....
Another dreaded part of the hobby in regards to patience is when things break or fail, or if one of us breaks something....I'll let you in on a little trade name secret....that's called HiFi Hell. And trust me, most of us have been there at one time or another.
Back from the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, thinking over what I saw and heard, and overheard.
-I'll be carrying a new speaker soon, the Yonna, from new speaker maker Uwe Meyer of Meyer Tonapparate of Germany. Mr. Meyer has made cabinets for the Auditorium speakers for years, and also his own equipment rack, which I'll also be carrying soon, and has now launched his own speaker line. The speaker consists of a 1" tweeter with an aluminum/wood horn, and a 10" backloaded horn, opening to the floor, basically a 2 way with high efficiency of 97db. It was love at first hearing, so look for that to come soon, or in hifi speak, sometime down the road.
Other news....the new line of EX from Ayre was on display, quite nice looking per usual of Ayre.
There is a new CD player, yes!, CD, and a new preamp, amp, digital hub, and the new EX-8 integrated, which I already have here. Also to come is a new phono preamp. So very good news out of Ayre. Nice to see they've made a recovery from the death of initial designer/owner Charley Hansen, who had everything in place for continued success. New factory digs, new designs by a team that had worked with Charley for years, so rest assured that Ayre is looking for a very positive future.
There is also a new digital piece from Aurender which some of you may be interested in, the ACS-10. The ACS-10 is a a streamer/storage/CD ripper!, server, all one does is add their favorite DAC. Aurender has always been most concerned about meta tagging of files, and now can be done with one machine and no computers! Yay! at least from me....things can get quite messy for me even with easy to use dbpoweramp that I use to rip cd's to my servers. I guess I play some unusual music that isn't always in online libraries. So there you go! And another piece from Aurender on the way, basically an A-10, the company's biggest selling streamer/server/storage/dac, now with no storage, for many of you who don't care about files and only use subscription services. Not sure of the price, perhaps in the $3k area as opposed to the A10's $5500.
I will be a Tellurium Q cable dealer shortly. As I roundly heard said by other dealers, "like I need another cable line like I need a hole in my head", still, the Tellurium, from what I can tell is another great line, so we'll see....we'll stick our toe in the water with a few and report back. The company has 4 lines, the Blue, Black, Silver, and Platinum. And make all types of cables and cords, so lots to take in. Stay tuned... one thing which made me laugh, the head Tellurium gentleman was at the show to meet we prospective dealers, and I couldn't help but think I'd met him before...here is the vision I saw...I swear the man has two careers going....
and last but not the least by any means....a new VTL phono stage is coming, a new Keith Monks record cleaning machine, a new Dynavector cartridge is coming, and then the one that probably made the most splash at the show, which unfortunately won't be coming to the Haven any time soon, was this....
the new DeVore 0/96 Reference System, a totally redesigned, very upscale system from John, with active subwoofer, the whole nine yards....what started out as an improved 0/96 rumored at $25k turned into a redesigned 0/96 with matching subwoofer and push/pull amp at $55k and then with improvements to that turned into a system that is now going to be at around $90k. I have to tell you honestly, I was hanging in there for the Haven and all of you for the first two rounds, thinking that it was my time to bring in a big speaker system, a reference from one of my favorite designers, not for everyone, mind you, just so that one could come here and at least hear a speaker like this set up properly in a standard room. None of that over the top expensive big show system stuff that is impressive yet musically sterile. I heard one this RMAF, the big 1.2 million dollar Verity system...impressive, yes! The organ recording was like you were there. The rest, normal jazz recordings, no...big no, as big as the system no.
The DeVore Reference system is still a prototype, at least the sub, yet it was wildly musical, and big, and everything you might want from that kind of money. Yet I'll have to pass at this time, I'm sure you can understand. Someone might drive in one day with a green Aston Martin 1964 and hand me the keys, but I'm not in a position to write a check for that either, as much as I crave one.
So that's my basic show report....you can read many in depths reports online, all biased and speaking many half truths, yet in my new era of positivity I'll keep my smile firmly intact and bid adieu for now. Come see me, for one the Riviera 10 integrated is finely getting broken in and it's really doing some nice things. And I've got lots of new records that I think you might like.
actually, I've been around, yet off the blog for a bit. Lots of new customers, lots of float trips, yard work out the ying yang to rework the landscaping after all my tree damage from the past two summers. After this weekend's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I'll be back with lots to talk about - and all that lawnmower time during the summer gave me thinking time concerning hifi, so watch out.
and still the accolades keep a coming....this one from an online publication I didn't know existed. We even got the Certified Sizzle award! Thank you, AudioBacon, for this esteemed honor. Stop in again next year, Room 630, and see if we can take home the bacon once more.
Now, as much as we here love bacon, I'm hoping that the Illinois Pork Growers Association pays us some notice from now on. Surely being a Certified Sizzler should garner us something...a free slab of bacon, a couple of chops. Speaking of slabs, I had an extremely nice customer bring me a slab of ribs from Slab of Kansas City as a way of saying thank you after a transaction...plus sauce. Never forget the sauce! Thanks again, Mani, they were delicious. On a side note, I'm always up for pizza as well....just sayin.